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Multi-Unit Owners Grow with Tropical Smoothie Cafe

. Posted in 2017 News, Uncategorized

Tropical Smoothie Cafe continues to grow throughout the U.S., showing demand for healthier food and smoothies in all sorts of climates! We have opened three more new Cafes in the last couple of weeks. Bowling Green, Kentucky: Ankit & Andy Patel continue to grow their Tropical Smoothie Cafe footprint with this Cafe in Kentucky and are currently working on signing four additional Cafes in Atlanta. St. Clair Shores, Michigan: Paul Dudgeon has spent the last decade as a multi-unit Franchise…

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Well-run Franchise Appeals to Veterans

. Posted in 2017 News, Uncategorized

When Kaleb Warnock retired from the United States Navy, he went looking for his next opportunity and found it as a Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owner. Coming from a military background, he was especially impressed by the training the franchise offered. “We learned what would normally take five years in just five months. Tropical Smoothie Cafe is a well-run operation,” said Warnock. Veteran Emily Harrington shares his excitement. A former Signal Corps Officer in the United States Army, she is…

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CEO of Tropical Smoothie Cafe Leads by Example

. Posted in 2017 News, Uncategorized

To hear many Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owners tell it, CEO Mike Rotondo is one of them. He has worked in food service for over 15 years and was once a District Manager for a leading restaurant franchise. “Mike Rotondo understands what it means to be an operator because he was one himself. He wants Tropical Smoothie Cafe to grow to a national brand, but he doesn’t lose sight of the importance of an entrepreneurial spirit. Too many concepts grow…

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Husband-and-Wife Team Open Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s 26th Texas Location

. Posted in 2017 News, Uncategorized

When Binu and Jagriti Agrawal were introduced to the Tropical Smoothie Cafe brand, they knew that they found the business opportunity they were seeking. Binu had spent decades in his career as an IT consultant. Jagriti was a licensed pharmacist. Both knew that they wanted to switch gears and own their own restaurant concept. “There are countless fast casual franchise opportunities available, but we knew this was the one we wanted to bring to our community,” said Binu. The Agrawal’s…

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Tropical Smoothie CEO Shares his Strategy for When Private Equity is Looking to Invest

. Posted in 2017 News, Uncategorized

Talk to many Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owners and they will tell you that CEO Mike Rotondo engenders trust and confidence, because he was once an operator himself. Then there’s the fact that during his tenure, the Cafes have experienced double-digit comp sales growth since 2013.   That ability to see things through the eyes of his Franchise Owners gives added credibility to his thoughts about the importance of communication when a private equity firm invests in a franchise concept,…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s Bill & Julie Munson Receives the IFA Franchisee of the Year Award

. Posted in 2017 News, Uncategorized

Tropical Smoothie Cafe is proud to recognize multi-unit Franchise Owners Bill and Julie Munson for their award at the Franchise Action Network (FAN) held in Washington D.C. in September 2017. FAN is a franchise industry event that brings together experts and entrepreneurs to network, discuss issues pertinent to franchising, and attend educational sessions. Bill and Julie own three Cafes in the Cleveland, Ohio area and their cafe in Toledo was Tropical Smoothie’s 400th to open. We congratulate the Munsons on…

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Show me the flavor! Menu revamp delivers on consumer demand.

. Posted in 2017 News, Uncategorized

Consumer demand in the food & beverage industry is constantly changing – customers are choosing to put their money towards freshly prepared, healthier food with seasonal ingredients and bolder flavors. Google recently released a study on beverage trends expanding further on customer preferences – the newest of which are earthy flavors, transparency in how beverages are made, and health benefits.   Menu trendsetter Tropical Smoothie Cafe has long met the desire for better-for-you food and smoothies with flavors that pack…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s 20th Year Celebration Featured in QSR Magazine

. Posted in 2017 News, Uncategorized

With 20 years under our belt, we were honored to be featured in the September 2017 issue of QSR Magazine and be recognized for our commitment to innovation, involvement with Camp Sunshine, and franchise development success. It really all ties back to our mantra to Feed People Well, Treat People Well, and Invest Well. Feed People Well Delivering on customer cravings and demand for better-for-you ingredients, we serve bold flavors and use fresh ingredients. The model we’ve built is strong and…

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Tropical Takeover at Cafes for Meet the CEO Events

. Posted in 2017 News, Uncategorized

On September 20th and September 27th, key players of Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s corporate team set up shop in the St. Louis Park and Philadelphia Cafes to host Meet the CEO events. These events, which are held a few times a year at Cafes across the US, give potential prospects the chance to meet the Tropical Smoothie team, ask questions about the franchise opportunity, hear from local, play-to-win Franchise Owners, and experience the brand first hand. Both Wednesday events had great turnouts and…

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From a Better Burger franchise to Better-for-you food and smoothies

. Posted in 2017 News, Uncategorized

With a business name like Two Bros and a Joe, it’s obvious that Dan Beaulieu and his partners like to have fun. When he formed a business with his brother and best friend, they set their sights on franchising with brands that shared in that thinking. Hailing from Boston, but currently based in Southwest Florida, he began franchising with a major burger franchise that he eventually grew to seven locations. Looking for a change and a reprieve from the summer…

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Proven Track Record Continues with Tropical Smoothie Cafe

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With a proven track record from owning his own business for 20+ years, Rick Stokes knows the makings of a successful company. After thoroughly investigating various franchises, he landed on Tropical Smoothie Cafe. He believes Tropical Smoothie Cafe offers an extremely sound franchise opportunity that fits perfectly with his future goals. Congratulations to him on the opening of his Cafe in Ortonville, MI!

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Named To QSR’S List Of Best Franchise Deals

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The franchise industry is crowded with options, but thankfully QSR Magazine is here to help. Annually, they endure the hard work of sorting through the competition to find the best of the best. They base their research on a wide range of factors including franchisee satisfaction surveys, management team experience, litigation history, average startup costs, unit growth, marketplace niche, momentum, and more, then compile a list of the top 10 franchise deals in the industry. We are honored to have…

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